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Q: Do Chinese employers look at the 'personal interests' part of a resume?

Does it matter if you can sing/play football/piano, etc...

or would most of them ignore that part?

9 years 1 week ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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There are no individual's in China, everyone is the same. That is why it is a waste of time having interests. In fact I'm inclinded to think you would probably be disliked if you were a Chinese person with hobbies on your resume. Obviously, if you are foreign they will always like you, but still a waste of time having interests or even qualifications here. For a foreigner all the qualifications you need are to look foreign.

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No one puts down personal interests on resume's past University in the west anyway.

"You're not qualified for this job entirely, but we're giving it to you because we saw you enjoy knitting, we're willing to give you a chance"

As if that'll happen.

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For a job I applied to in Nanjing, the agent told me to put a few sentences about my interests. Otherwise I would never have done it. I guess she wanted my resume to look longer.

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I know for some jobs the people who read the resume will check the interests but this is certainly a small minority...most employers ive known dont look at anything on the CV, if your email introduction says you have a degree and your photo looks like a white man then thats all a lot of employers need to feel your a good choice...

Sure you should make you resume look ok, it does not take much longer to say what you like doing...but dont think you need it so much, if they really wanna know they will ask you...

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Maybe not for us foreigners, but I have a few Chinese friends who ended up getting the job when in an interview they were asked if they played football or if they knew how to drink. The boss of that department wanted to beat the other departments and even rival companies in the games of football he organized every weekend.

position was for landscape designer

So to answer the question, I think personal interests can be a plus for many people in China, but mostly Chinese, not so much us

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